Raspberry Pi Certified Educators
What is a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator?
A Raspberry Pi Certified Educator is an educator who has successfully completed Picademy, our two-day face-to-face training programme. However, the title stands for more than just having completed a course: RCEs form a community of leaders who stand out from their peers by thinking differently about the ways to approach computing education.
RCEs come from a wide range of backgrounds, but they all share a common passion for something called physical computing. We define physical computing as the act of writing a programme on a computer to control something you have made in the physical world. This concept is important to understanding our approach to training. We believe that building and controlling something physical with a computer is a powerful learning tool that gives students something tangible to experiment with and learn from. It also creates opportunities for cross-curricular, project-based learning that could encompass a number of different subject areas including Computing, Maths, Science, Electronics, D&T, Music, and Art.
How do Certified Educators fit into this approach?
Our ongoing mission is to build a team of passionate educators who can help us move the current model of how computing is taught towards a paradigm more focused on physical computing. Our educators are given the tools to start clubs, deliver lessons, contribute to our magazine articles and blog posts, and inspire people to experience digital making for themselves. Once their confidence grows, they might take their leadership one step further by sharing their experience at conferences and encouraging other schools and organisations to get involved.
How do I become a Raspberry Pi Certified Educator?
You can only become an RCE by attending a Picademy event. Current available dates can be found on our Events page. You can also get there by clicking on the Event Calendar tile on the right-hand side of this page.
Becoming an RCE gives you the skills and confidence to bring about real change in the way computing is taught in your school, local area, and beyond! Every year, thousands of people apply for our training and only one in four is accepted.
What qualities/skills are we looking for?
Through our application process, we’re looking to find educators who:
- Have started using physical computing as a basis for teaching in their classroom
- Are passionate about having an impact upon learners
- Are willing to take risks and work outside their comfort zone
- Can show resilience to failure and persistence in learning
- Are good at sharing their knowledge, experience, and ideas with other educators, be it via clubs/lessons, via blogs/social media/websites, or in other ways